Beethoven House Bonn

Bonngasse 18–26
D-53111 Bonn

Phone +49.228.98175-0


Opening hours

April 1 to October 31
daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

November 1 to March 31
Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sundays and holidays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Beethoven House houses the largest and most varied Beethoven collection in the world. Centerpieces of the collection – music manuscripts, letters, illustrations, busts, musical instruments, furniture and objects from Beethoven's everyday life – are displayed in the historic birthplace of the composer. Moreover, temporary exhibitions deal with fascinating topics on Beethoven and his environment. In addition, the Digital Beethoven House was opened in December 2004 in  the neighboring house. Here one can now take a multimedia-based, interactive journey through Beethoven's life and work and experience a fascinating 3D-production of his only opera "Fidelio".

Detailed information and the digital archive can be found at:

Germany possesses musical traditions and legacies of extraordinary value: Handel, Schuetz and Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Wagner - to mention only a few names - are composers who are known and treasured throughout the world. Their work has played a significant role in shaping a unique musical landscape.

Numerous orchestras, choruses, ensembles, renowned music festivals and series, music houses with museums, public archives and libraries, but also private collections preserve their musical heritage.

It is necessary to revitalize this inestimable fund again and again and to develop it for the present. At the same time, an important role befits the houses combined in the consortium of music museums of Germany. In them we encounter the work of the musicians and composers who have extraordinarily enriched the cultural nation of Germany. However, beyond the individual portrait, beyond the procurement of individual oeuvres, the music museums also contribute overall to the maintenance of musical tradition. The present brochure underscores this aspect of the synoptic presentation and invites the reader on a journey into the musical history of Germany. I hope this tour guide will be actively used and receive a large response.

Bernd Neumann, Member of the Lower House of the German Parliament
Minister of State with the Federal Chancellor
Commissioner of the Federal Government for Culture and Media

Quoted from: Foreword to the brochure "Music Museums in Germany", 2007.